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India, Nepal & Bhutan Odyssey

India Nepal & Bhutan Odyssey

Cultural Odyssey of North India,Nepal & Bhutan

17

Days

CULTURE

India Nepal & Bhutan Odyssey Trip Map, Route Map
Trip highlights
  • Taj Mahal
  • Forts, Palaces, Temples & Monasteries
  • Walking in Colorful Markets
  • Local Home visit
  • Try Local cuisines
  • Indian rail journey experience
  • Rural village Tour
  • Boat rides on Ganges & Pokhara
  • Weaving & textile
  • Walking tour(option)
  • Staying in palace hotels

Only a few trips on earth can combine such diversities in a single trip as our India Nepal & Bhutan Odyssey. Crafted and marked with such a pace that it carefully examines myriad aspects such as culture, tradition, natural and religious landscapes that defines these countries. Be it India’s captivating diversities, Nepal’s impressive mountains, and Bhutan’s pristine environments and quaintness.

Structurally, these countries may offer fascinating contrast in essence and perception. But one common yet distinctive feature that brings forth the nuanced and palpable aspect of the trip as a whole is the warmth and congeniality of PEOPLE. In this trip, we center on this theme (people) by considerable interaction with them, their culture, along with visits to the famous monuments.

Detail Itinerary 

Day 1: Arrival in Delhi
Upon arrival in Delhi, meet our representative and transfer to the hotel. You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned for today. The rest of the day is for you to relax and adjust to the time change. Overnight in Delhi.

Day 2:  Agra  -Taj Mahal
After an early breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the Railway Station to board a fast train to Agra. Visit Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal. Other optional activities are available. Overnight in Delhi.

Day 3: Train to Jhansi - Orchha
The train to Jhansi departs in the morning. On arrival at Jhansi, transfer to quaint Orcha, where forts, palaces, and temples jostle with each other. The place packs more history into every square meter than many better-known places. Tour in Orcha. Overnight in a former Palace.

Day 4: Drive to Khajuraho
After breakfast, drive around 4hrs to Khajuraho, known for its erotic sculptures. In the afternoon, tour Eastern & Western Group of temple complex and stroll around the small market and township. Free evening to do many other optional activities available. Overnight in Khajuraho.

Day 5: Fly to Varanasi - India’s Religious Capital
This morning Fly to Varanasi. Varanasi is one of the oldest and the holiest cities in India. It has an intense, almost palpable atmosphere of spiritual devotion, a feeling of an unending religious festival. Pilgrims from every part of this vast nation crowd the narrow streets and the riverside ghats. Towards the evening, walk through the old city to the bathing ghats located alongside River Ganges. Feel the timelessness of Varanasi as the sun sets and as the temple priests perform aarti, the sacred light ceremony. Overnight in Varanasi.

Day 6: In Varanasi. (Sunrise Cruise, Heritage Walk & Silk Weaving Community)
At sunrise, the temples are bathed in soft light, board a small boat for a cruise on the Ganges. Observe the day-to-day life of the people. Watch the people arrive at the ghat at dawn to take a ritual dip, perform yoga asanas, wash clothes and offer flowers and incense to the river. Return to the hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, head for a heritage walk in the old part of Varanasi. Stroll in the narrow lanes with a local expert who will weave the charming story of this ancient city, as you pass by Ashrams, temples, flower shops, and eateries. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Silk weaving community, who still adhere to an age-old practice to make the famous Varanasi Sari. Taking a closer look, we can find social fabric interwoven with a thread of silk that helps to make their living. Overnight in Varanasi.

Day 7:   Varanasi to Kathmandu
On some days of the week, you can fly directly to Kathmandu from Varanasi in the afternoon. However, in general, we need to plan a morning flight from Varanasi to Delhi and connect with a noon flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, meet our guide/representative and transfer to the hotel. As per available time, we will explore the Kathmandu Durbar (royal) Square area. Dinner with a cultural show at a typical Nepali restaurant. Overnight in Kathmandu.

Day 8: Kathmandu Tour & fly to Pokhara
After breakfast, begin a half-day tour in Kathmandu valley. Later in the afternoon, take a short flight to the lake city of Pokhara. The evening is free to wander around the Phewa Lakeside area. Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 9:  Full Day in Pokhara
Early in the morning, drive to Sarangkot hilltop to watch the color of changing hues catch the peaks of the Annapurna range. On the way back, visit the Bindesbani temple. After breakfast at the hotel, take a short rest before beginning the rest of the Pokhara tour, including a short boat ride and walk to the Peace Pagoda for sunset views. Overnight in Pokhara.

Day 10:  Fly Kathmandu (Bhaktapur)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport in time for your 30-minutes flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, drive a short distance in the suburbs to visit the medieval city of Bhaktapur, a spectacular World Heritage Site founded in the ninth century. As most of the streets are pedestrianized, we will explore this open-air living museum on foot, walking from square to square and pagoda to pagoda. Overnight in Kathmandu/Bhaktapur.

Day 11:  Fly to Paro, Bhutan
Transfer to the airport in time for your flight to Paro. (Generally, the flights tend to be in the morning but, on some days, flights could be in the early afternoon. If the flight is in the afternoon, you have a free morning to yourself to stroll in Bhaktapur).
A spectacular 40-minutes mountain flight (with views of many of the highest peaks of the world that include Everest) will take you to the emerald-green Paro Valley. Meet our Bhutanese guide and transfer to your hotel. Later visit Paro Rinphung Dzong, an imposing fortress built in the 17th century. It is the administrative seat of the Paro district that also houses a state monastic community. Take a walk across the ancient cantilevered bridge and stroll in the small and charming Paro township. As per available time, we will also tour other sights in Paro. Overnight in Paro.

Day 12: Paro - Punakha
Following a short tour in Paro, we shall drive through the countryside for about an hour to Thimphu. Before reaching Thimphu, we will take a diversion and continue uphill for another forty-five minutes to the Dochu La pass (10,200ft). Dochu La Pass offers astounding panoramic views of the Eastern Himalayan range. After lunch, we shall descend through ever-changing vegetation into the relatively low altitude of Punakha & Wangdue valley. Punakha and Wangdue are located at about 1350m (4500ft) and enjoy a semi-tropical climate where oranges, mangoes, bananas, and even cactuses grow. Upon arrival, enjoy a half-hour walk through fields and villages to Chimi Lhakhang monastery and fertility temple dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, a Tibetan Buddhist saint popularly known as 'The divine madman'. Overnight in Punakha/Wangdue.

Day 13: In Punakha & Wangdue valley
Punakha was the winter capital of Bhutan until the 1950s. The state monastic body continues this tradition by moving to Punakha from Thimphu during the winter months. We drive north through the idyllic countryside and take a 40min uphill hike (optional) to visit Khamsum Yuelley Chorten. Upon return, visit the impressive Punakha Dzong, built at the convergence of the Mo Chu and Po Chu (the male & female rivers) in 1637. Punakha Dzong is an architectural wonder and seat of the head abbot of Bhutan. Later, pay a visit to the Nunnery built-in 2009 for young nuns to train and study Buddhist text and meditation. Towards the southeast corner of the valley is located Wangdue Phodrang, with a larger township. Visit the town, then view the ruins of Wangdue Dzong, which is under construction, after being destroyed by the fire in 2012. As per available time, we will also visit Richengang village, unique for a cluster of houses connected. Overnight in Punakha/Wangdue.

Day 14: Punakha – Thimphu
We retrace our drive back across Dochu La pass to Thimphu. At Dochu La, we have one more opportunity to see the peaks of the Bhutanese Himalayas (3+hrs drive).
There is also an option to take a 3 hrs gradual hike to Lungchuzekha & Trashigang hilltops starting from Dochula pass. The walk goes through high altitude forests filled with rhododendrons, spruce, firs, and giant cedars, with good views, past some remote temples and monasteries.
Upon arrival in the capital Thimphu, visit the courtyard of great Tashicho Dzong, seat of government, then take a stroll in the farmers market. Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 15: Thimphu  & Paro Valley
As the capital of Bhutan, Thimphu has many attractions to see or shop around. Based on your interests, we will take you to places of your interests first and cover others as per available time. Among others, visit the Giant Buddha statue located atop the Kuensel Phodrang ridge, circumambulate around the memorial Chorten in a clockwise direction with locals as they say the prayers. See the weird-looking Takin, the national animal of Bhutan. Take photographs from the ridge top, visit the School of Traditional Arts (also called Painting school) and more as per your interest. Towards evening, drive about an hour to Paro, where we visit a local farmhouse and tour a local village. Overnight in Paro.

Day 16: Paro (Hike to Takstang)
Hike to the legendary Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) monastery and visit other sights in Paro as per available time. Riding Horses are available for hire at the start of the hike that can take you to the viewpoint. If you think you are not going to make the Tigers Nest or decide to opt-out. Your guide can arrange for another alternative. In the evening, gather together for farewell dinner. Overnight in Paro.

Day 17: Departure
Departure transfer to the airport in time for your flight out of Bhutan.
You can choose to fly to Delhi, Kathmandu, Bangkok, or other cities covered by Druk Air or Bhutan Airlines (Tashi Air).
The flight cost is provided separately. One should be able to connect from these cities on the same day.

  • Group Size9 maximum for Scheduled Small Group Journey, but any size for Private

  • MealsAll breakfasts & dinners in both India and Nepal. All meals with evening tea while in Bhutan.

  • Trip Accommodation4-5 star and heritage hotels in India and Nepal. 3-4 star mix in Bhutan.

  • RouteDelhi, Agra, Orcha, Khajuraho, Varansi, Kathmandu, Pokhara, Bhaktapur, Paro, Punakha, Thimphu, Takstang Monastery (Paro)

  • Trip Type Cultural Tour
    Village Tour

  • Trip SeasonsThis trip is best from October through March but it is also relatively fine in April and May. Delhi can get hot in April and May but Nepal and Bhutan will be fine.

  • Best MonthsMarch, October, November

  • Good MonthsJanuary, February, April, May, December

  • Lean MonthsJune, July, August, September

Prices & Dates

In order to offer the lowest possible price,this trip is priced according to number of participants.  Trips can be taken privately with your own dates as well.

From US $3400 per person plus Approx $800 in Airfares for Varanasi-Kathmandu-Paro-Delhi or best available fare. Full details of the tour and costs available upon request.

 

Start date End Date Remarks Status  

Included

  • Accommodations in hotels as listed.
  • Meals: Daily breakfast and dinner in India & Nepal. All meals with evening tea in Bhutan.
  • All land transfers by private Vehicle, Trains, Boat rides as per itinerary.
  • Sightseeing and tours as per itinerary including entrance fees.
  • English-speaking local tour guides.
  • Bhutan visa and daily tourist fees.
  • Fight from Khajuraho to Varanasi, Kathmandu to Pokhara & back, Kathmandu to Paro, and Paro to Delhi (listed separately)

Not included

  • International flight to Delhi and return or return from other cities (estimated between $1000-$1500 from the US).
  • Indian visa (we provide assistance to apply for Indian Visa).
  • Nepal visa (upon arrival US$40).
  • Optional medical & travel Insurance.

Accommodations


Hotels in Thimphu

  • Hotel Druk

    Hotel Druk a luxury four-star hotel is a part of the Tashi Group and has been in operation since 1985. Over the years, it has been renovated to give it a chic and modern edge that is powerfully felt in uncluttered spaces. Each floor, differently insp...

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Hotels in New Delhi

Hotels in Orchha

Hotels in Paro

Hotels in Khajuraho

Hotels in Pokhara

Hotels in Kathmandu

  • Hotel Shambala

    Hotel Shambala, a contemporary Tibetan themed boutique hotel in Kathmandu, Nepal offers unparalleled comfort and luxury with the best in Tibetan and Nepalese hospitality. Inspired by Tibetan art and architecture, all 65 rooms feature beautiful handma...

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Hotels in Punakha

  • Zhingkham Resort

    Zhingkham Resort in Punakha is the newest unit of Bhutan Hotels & Restaurants. With one of the most beautiful breathtaking scenic views of the Punakha valley, the resort is located on a mountain high above the valley. Wellbeing at the resort is enha...

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Hotels in Agra

Trip Guide/Leader


  • Rajat Gupta

    Rajat Gupta

  • Gaurav Goyal

    Gaurav Goyal

  • Hem Raj Bastola

    Hem Raj Bastola

  • Kezang Norbu

    Kezang Norbu

  • Kinley Tenzin

    Kinley Tenzin

Reviews / Testimonials

  • Nancy T Goyle
    Atascadero, California ], USA
    Oct 22 - 07 Nov, 2018
    India, Nepal & Bhutan Odyssey (Oct – Nov, 2018) ( India, Nepal & Bhutan Odyssey (Oct – Nov, 2018))
    5 " " Good morning Ugen! Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Diwali and Happy Black Neck Crane Festival! I wanted to let you know that Bill and I had an unforgettable trip with Windhorse! The guides, Hemant in India and Kenchu in Bhutan, were such kind men, knowledgable, flexible, personable and we felt so safe in

    India, Nepal & Bhutan Odyssey (Oct – Nov, 2018) Good morning Ugen! Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Diwali and Happy Black Neck Crane Festival! I wanted to let you know that Bill

  • Beata
    April 1-16,2017
    Unforgetable trip ( Unforgetable trip)
    5 " " I am impressed how well organized was our trip ! And I didn't make it easy ! We had a little bit of everything : Varanasi in India, Kathmandu, Pukhara and tiger in Chitwan in Nepal, and the top - Bhutan with Tiger Nest and Festival ! All the guides are excellent, transportation

    Unforgetable trip I am impressed how well organized was our trip ! And I didn't make it easy ! We had a little